This book was abhorrent when it came to views on abortion. Yes, I understand - it is an Amish book and they are very against the subject. They are alsThis book was abhorrent when it came to views on abortion. Yes, I understand - it is an Amish book and they are very against the subject. They are also the most forgiving group of people I have ever had the pleasure of living amongst. To have the reactions of more than one person be utter and complete disgust when this poor woman was going through the worst times of her life was flat-out wrong. She had already hated herself for years, believing she was unworthy of her god's love no matter what she did, and that alone is a terrible and extreme thing for an Amish woman. She did not have the support she needed so desperately, and her feelings, emotions, and well-being were cast aside to make a point about abortion being a sin. This book was simply a tool for pro-life viewpoints, and could be extremely damaging for those who have had or are planning on an abortion.
At no point, at any time, is a woman's life less important than that of an unborn fetus. In this book, she was worthless compared to what could have been potential sons. Revolting, disgusting, and I will say so to everyone who considers reading this novel or this author's work....more
I absolutely cannot fathom why this book possibly has so few bad reviews. The story line was so jumpy that from the beginning of the book to the pointI absolutely cannot fathom why this book possibly has so few bad reviews. The story line was so jumpy that from the beginning of the book to the point where they get married (note: 75 pages in), the author could have easily stretched that into a book alone. Months passed within paragraphs, and integral plot was skipped over. Because of this, the two main characters went from hating each other to falling in love, with no explanation of the time in between.
My kingdom for some description! I have no idea what even one of the characters look like, aside from the fact that they're male or female and a rough age range. The only time we even figure out Sara's hair color is during one of the many sex scenes, which are by far not the norm for an Amish-themed book, and unnecessary in my opinion. This genre generally isn't sought out by those who want to read something so explicit.
Half the time, I thought that Adam was a werewolf or something, with the way he was carrying on about how he had to hold himself back and couldn't be allowed to love and couldn't get a woman pregnant, for fear of her life. His reactions and inner monologue were far too extreme to be for the reason it was.
The interaction with Jordan, the doctor, was also inappropriate. Sara acted like she either had an ongoing relationship with the man, or had in the past. She was a married woman and he was kissing her, cuddling up to her, and she was stroking his cheek and smiling fondly to wake him from his sleep with his head in her lap. No forgiveness was asked for these actions, even though they were by far not those found in a normal friendship. He also had feelings for Adam's sister, which just ended up looking inappropriate, because we never found out what his sister's age was - and she was made out to be around thirteen or fourteen, with the way she was acting. This made the doctor into a pervert.
I have never heard a child speak like his children did, either - using "my" instead of "I" was extremely, teeth-grindingly annoying, and it was never corrected. "My doesn't want you to go?" No. No, you little twit. I don't know if this was taught to them or if it was never corrected, but it needed to be, or he's going to have a couple more "spinsters" on his hands - and don't even get me started on that.
Not a good book. If it was stretched out, description was added, a chill pill was given to Adam, and time was given for events to occur, then maybe it could have been salvaged in some way. Please don't waste your time on something that will only annoy you....more
I've just finished the first novella out of the three in this book, A Mirical for Miriam. I enjoyed that Miriam was a different type of character, shoI've just finished the first novella out of the three in this book, A Mirical for Miriam. I enjoyed that Miriam was a different type of character, showing that insecurities about looks and glasses can still exist inside the Plain people, and that a boy can still change a young girl's perspective. I found it very realistic! What I didn't like is that they seemed to keep honing in on Miriam's looks - even to the point of people not denying it when she put herself down. Everyone has beauty, inside and out, if you only take the time to see it.
I'm excited to move on to the next novella today.
I've just finished A Choice to Forgive, the second novella in the book. It was fantastic. I really enjoyed the writing style! Now on to the last......more
**spoiler alert** I was very pleased with this book. It left no stones unturned, tied up all loose ends, and had an engaging storyline that I was eage**spoiler alert** I was very pleased with this book. It left no stones unturned, tied up all loose ends, and had an engaging storyline that I was eager to keep seeing more of. I must admit that I was a bit annoyed with Johnny coming back. He never gave Leah the apology or closure she deserved, especially for just leaving out of the blue. It was very bothersome. She deserved better than that. I'm just glad that she did, indeed, get better by the end of the book! My heart actually caught when she first said no to Daniel's proposal - but I'm so glad that it worked out correctly. I'm very happy with this author's writing, so I can't wait to read more in the future!...more
**spoiler alert** Overall, I was quite pleased with this book. I'm completely new to learning about Muslim culture, so it may have been a good thing t**spoiler alert** Overall, I was quite pleased with this book. I'm completely new to learning about Muslim culture, so it may have been a good thing to begin with a young adult novel that focused a bit on teaching the basics. I was also pleased that it touched on other religions in the book as well, but that reached the level of being borderline after-school special - too much teaching, too much acceptance, too little realistic adversity.
There were a few things I wasn't too fond of in this book, like the way the main character was still so focused on impressing people with what could be seen of her looks. It could be argued that this is because she is still an average teenage girl, but it seemed hypocritical to worry about her eyeliner after speaking about being relieved that she didn't need to worry about guys judging her looks just before that. Other reviewers here at Goodreads said the writing seemed too Americanized for being set in Australia, and I agree. This was something I only noticed in the beginning of the book, for what it's worth.
One of my pet peeves was also used - describing eyebrow rings and other piercings "an earring in his eyebrow, and a stud earring in the cleft of his chin." Earrings are only earrings if they're in your ear. Anywhere else, it is not. It just seems like such a basic thing that people don't take the time to differentiate between.
I am indeed glad that I picked this book up, and am interested in learning more about Muslim culture because of it. My library has one other book by this author that I will not be reading, since the synopsis alone has warned me away from what I will likely find to be teenage whiny hypocrisy. I'm fine to stay happy with this and move on. ...more